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Wyoming House kills bill banning ‘sanctuary cities and counties’ in the state

Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives killed a bill which would have banned so-called “sanctuary cities and counties” in the state.

House District 57 Representative Chuck Gray asked his colleagues to support the bill ahead of the vote.

“We don’t want sanctuary cities in Wyoming,” he said. “It is important that we get ahead of this issue.”

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Sanctuary cities refer to municipalities which enact laws which protect undocumented immigrants despite federal laws on immigration. No Wyoming cities or counties have enacted such law.

The House voted 36-24 to have the bill introduced, but this failed to meet the two-thirds majority required during budget sessions.

The proposed House Bill 108 would have prevented sanctuary cities or counties from receiving funding from the state.

Other sponsors of the bill in addition to Gray include Representatives Eyre, Jennings, Lindholm, Loucks, Salazar, Tass and Washut and Senators Bebout and James.

During a budget session, at least two-thirds of the House must vote to have a proposed bill introduced. Those bills which meet this threshold are then assigned to a committee.

Committees which have been assigned bills after approval on an introductory vote in the House will vote to “pass,” “do not pass” or “pass with amendments.”

Bills which make it out of committee then return to the full House for consideration. The House then must approve a bill on three readings before it is sent to the Senate.

If the Senate passes the bill with no amendments, the bill is sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. If they tack on amendments, then the bill is assigned to the Joint Conference Committee to reconcile differences.

If that committee can reach a consensus, the bill is sent to the governor who can sign or veto the bill. The House and Senate are able to override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote.

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